Puppet State: A Review of Suitcase Circus
It was lovely to see so many families with excited young children waiting for the start of Suitcase Circus over the Jubilee weekend.
Described as “Magical” by The Times, “Outstanding” by TimeOut
London, Suitcase Circus had a lot to live up to and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect or what the children or their grandma would make of it.
It didn’t start well. The presenter Wobulous
, the anarchic sock, introduced the show as ‘rubbish’! We found out shortly after that by ‘rubbish’ he meant, that the acts were made
of rubbish including the world's only acrobatic potato sack, a daredevil ski glove, an incredible dancing milkshake straw, the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot, and the lovable yet bizarre magical Mexican hat Timrek
and we soon realised that they were anything other than rubbish.
In fact each of the performing objects had their own captivating storyline and took on a complete personality as the puppeteers brought the object to life. My favourite act was the incredible ninja-like Sacrobatic
, which was a potato sack knotted at the corners with a stuffed oval shape for a head, who back-flipped and cartwheeled
across the stage with such ease that we were all mesmorised
by the performance.
Then we come on to ‘Maurice’ (Matt Short), the talented musician who encouraged, challenged and argued his way through the production with each of the characters to help bring them to life with his range of instruments.
Suitcase Circus is created and performed by Folded Feather’s Oliver Smart and Matt Short who have a collective experience in professional puppet theatre of 25 years and it shows. It was an engaging show which was full of surprises and left us wanting to see more. Folded Feather are continuing their tour and you can find out where to see them at foldedfeather.com